The SEC is like that crazy cousin at a house party you shouldn’t have had when you were a kid.
It’s not fun until he shows up, but everyone knows that old Cousin Cletus takes things a little too far. There is a good chance that his energy at some point in the night will derail everything. Surprisingly, you’re fine with that, because you love him, he’s a family, and if Clet can’t make the return from the roof to the pool after a few barrels, then what̵7;s the point of even having a party?
At this home party of the pandemic football season in college, it was already 11 pm, and Klet just ran through the door. Let’s become dangerous.
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Should there be a college football season during a coronavirus pandemic? It turns out that this question drives people crazy based on the emails that appeared in my inbox. Let’s just say you have thoughts about thoughts.
I don’t know how this season will end, and I don’t have the answers to the pandemic questions that drive people crazy, but I can confidently say that the SEC’s 10-game schedule could be the most glorious Plan B in the proud story of people inventing things. as they walk.
I’m only half joking when I say that the SEC schedule for 10 games is actually better than usual for the best conference in college football. And here’s the thing: we all know that no one in the country is going to provide an SEC commission, but the league has saved the sport this season thanks to Commissioner Greg Senkey (and, as a result, passionate fans of university and school presidents).
The other prospect is half full: This season’s cup actually starts with football weather. When was the last time any of us experienced it? The lowest temperature is 64 degrees in Columbia, Missouri, for Saturday night’s game in Alabama against Mizu. The highest in Auburn on Saturday was just 82 degrees during the Tigers’ start against Kentucky at 11 a.m.
If you are going in groups to watch games this weekend, take advantage of the weather and do it outdoors.
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Will I feel guilty about enjoying college football this season? No. Players want to play, and everyone gets a free year of participation in the program thanks to the NCAA. Should we be concerned that some teams in the SEC are not hiding the results of coronavirus tests from the public? This is not the best view, but the groups report the test results to the SEC office and local and state health departments.
College football is happening this season because it makes so much money, but player safety is a priority. Similarly, both the victory and the coaches at the SEC appreciate the element of surprise. A journalist will always demand transparency, and that’s good, but I can also take a different view.
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Teams spend a lot of money testing players, coaches and team staff this fall to play these games, and they appreciate that too. We will miss HBCU football and Birmingham will feel empty without the Magic City Classic, but I am glad that the SEC, Sun Belt and Conference USA have moved their games forward. We needed them.
Whether you think pandemic football is a good idea or not, it’s happening, and we’ll watch and hope, and maybe even pray, that we get to the Iron Cup. Not that anyone needs to be reminded, but Auburn 48, Alabama 45 in 2019 became one of the most interesting contributions in the history of the biggest rivalry in American sports.
That’s all we like about this game, and that makes it an integral part of our American history here in the South. We work, but college football is indisputable proof that together we can do something better than anyone else.
Nick Saban may enjoy an unprecedented run in Alabama, but he has lost twice to Gus Malzan in the last three years. This is a healthy rivalry and a testament to our potential in Alabama.
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Auburn’s latest win against Alabama came with a true freshman as a defender (Bo Knicks), but the game will be remembered forever and ever thanks to the hit that Auburn, who ran away, Sean Shivers put on the defense of Alabama Xavier McKinney on the way to winning score in the game.
McKinney lost his helmet and Alabama lost the national championship. Then Nick Saban seemed to lose his mind, shouting at officials.
Sidebar: I’m worried about the health of these essays this season. In the name of public health, Saan should probably heed my wise advice and wear a mask from Bene throughout the season. Is it too much to ask?
Be that as it may, this epic Iron Cup of 2019 was the first time since 2011 that Alabama was excluded from the talk of the national championship of the season. A long series of Alabama races and Shivers’ kick to take it all away – that’s why we watch the games the way we do. Celebrating Auburn on the field that night after it’s all over – that’s why this sport is a part of our lives.
Football unites us for something bigger than ourselves, and it’s time to remind ourselves of that feeling.
Someone, please watch out for Cousin Clet at the house party. Bless his heart, the poor guy gets a little too excited when the company comes.
Joseph Goodman is a columnist for the Alabama Media Group. He’s on Twitter @JoeGoodmanJr.
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